Private airline Vietjet will cooperate with relevant authorities in operating four flights this week to bring passengers stranded in Da Nang back to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, it said in a press release on Tuesday.
Two of the flights, from Da Nang to Hanoi, is scheduled to depart on Thursday at 09:00 am and 4:00 pm.
The others, from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City, is slated to take off on Friday at 09:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Passengers on these flights will be tourists, including many children, stuck in Da Nang due to the social distancing order in the coastal city.
Upon their arrival, all passengers and cabin crew members will have to undergo healthcare examinations and follow local quarantine requirements.
All Vietjet flights are operated in accordance with global standards and recommendations from authorities, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in order to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew members.
All of the carrier’s pilots, cabin crews, and employees have been safe to date.
The said services will be Vietjet’s first domestic flights to evacuate passengers in Vietnam in relation to COVID-19.
The airline has operated many flights to bring back Vietnamese citizens from all over the world, transported thousands of tons of essential goods, medical equipment for pandemic prevention, and offered free transportation for doctors and medical staff.
Until the end of July, Vietjet had brought nearly 10,000 Vietnamese citizens home safely from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, and Myanmar.
Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally has reached 866 cases as of Wednesday afternoon, with 400 patients having recovered and 17 fatalities.
There have been 405 local infections documented in Vietnam since July 25, when the country reported its first domestic case after 99 days.
Da Nang has logged 283 of the cases as yet.